Karnataka: Race Begins in Congress for State President’s Post
Karnataka goes to polls in 2018, but the race for the post of the state president has begun in the Congress, a development brought on also by the fact that the current president’s tenure is up, as reported by The News Minute.
Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara’s five-year tenure as state president of the Congress is up. In fact, it has been extended by five months. Party leaders are likely to discuss the issue when Karnataka in-charge Digvijaya Singh visits the state for the Ambedkar Jayanti celebrations on 14 April.
Prospective candidates for the position are Energy Minister, DK Shivakumar, who was also the working president from 2008-10, Minister for IT and BT, SR Patil, and Water Resources Minister, MB Patil.
However, the appointment of the new president is also likely to be influenced by the BJP’s new state president, BS Yeddyurappa, who is a Lingayat.
DK Shivakumar, who has the backing of party veterans like SM Krishna and is also reportedly close to AICC chief Sonia Gandhi, denied being an aspirant for the post.
However, while Shivakumar is a Vokkaliga, SR Patil and MB Patil are Lingayats. Other names doing the rounds are those of national spokesperson, Dinesh Gundu Rao, a Brahmin, and Krishna Byregowda, a Vokkaliga.